Michael Winner

Michael Robert Winner (born 30 October 1935) is an English former film director and producer, who worked in Great Britain, Europe and the United States, now known as a food critic for the Sunday Times. Winner was born in London, England, the son of Helen (née Zloty) and George Joseph Winner, a company director. His family was Jewish; his mother was a native of Poland and his father was of Russian extraction. Winner's father was a Freemason. He was educated at St Christopher School, Letchworth and Downing College, Cambridge, where he studied law and economics. He also edited the university's student newspaper, Varsity. Winner had earlier written a newspaper column, 'Michael Winner's Showbiz Gossip,' in the Kensington Post from the age of 14. The first issue of Showgirl Glamour Revue in 1955 has him writing another film and showbusiness gossip column, "Winner's World". Such jobs allowed him to meet and interview several leading film personalities, including James Stewart and Marlene Dietrich. He also wrote for the New Musical Express.


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